BSc(Biomed)(Hons) (Adel), BMBS(Flinders), FRACGP
Dr Zanna Murfitt is a General Practitioner and surgical assistant with a special interest in bariatric medicine. She completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at the University of Adelaide in 1999 followed by an Honours degree in 2000. She then completed a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Flinders University and graduated in 2004. Dr Murfitt has worked in General Practice in Australia and Canada for over 12 years and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Murfitt became interested in obesity and its related co-morbidities early in her general practice career. She noticed that a large proportion of her patients in general practice had chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoarthritis and that increased weight was central to many of these disease processes. She therefore became passionate about improving the health and quality of life for these patients through evidence-based treatments for obesity. Dr Murfitt also has a lot of experience in fertility problems and antenatal care. She understands that reducing weight can improve fertility and therefore strives to help patients in this area to improve obstetric outcomes.
Throughout her career, Dr Murfitt became aware that bariatric surgery, coupled with life-long lifestyle modification, was the best evidence-based management approach for obesity and its related complications. She also understands that surgery is not always the best option for everyone. She is therefore dedicated to working with patients to find an evidence-based weight management strategy that best suits their needs. She will then work alongside her patients and share in their journey to improved health and wellbeing.
Dr Murfitt has been working at Australian Metabolic and Obesity Surgery for many years. She is also the co-founder of Re:You – a GP led weight management clinic with extensive experience in all the medical and surgical treatment options for weight management.